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December 8, 2017 by Charlotte Jackson

Last week saw the rowing community gather on the river for the annual Fairbairn Cup. This is the culmination of Michaelmas term, and sees novices racing their first time trial ...
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November 14, 2017 by Annie Lyons

On the up side: cardio, stamina and wrist strength.
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November 4, 2017 by Rachel Elwood

I started rowing for the university (or ‘trialling’ as it is more commonly known in the boatie world) in my first year. Walking into the University Boathouse, Goldie, for the ...
This year's men's team will be looking to replicate their dramatic victory in 2016 (photo credit: The Guardian)

October 24, 2017 by Josh Cara

The 2018 edition of The Boat Races will be held on the 24th March and, with the men’s team out to avenge last year’s defeat, training is now in full ...

October 2, 2017 by Lottie Paterson

As the new Cambridge season kicks off, Lottie Paterson looks at 12 of the best from last year's Varsity fixtures.
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September 19, 2017 by Abigail Thellusson

In a show of unashamedly glaring symbolism, they hugged their legendary mentors at the Opening Ceremony, were passed the torch, and ran around the stadium to ethereal chimes...
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May 9, 2017 by Armin Solimani

Homerton aim to smash world record as they fundraise for their Boat Club!
Overall Prize: Gold- Cambridge A, Silver, Loughborough A, Bronze- Derby (absent)

April 28, 2017 by Seb Dickson, Jess Atkinson

  Cambridge men top the Podium, Men’s Teams 1st, 2nd and 4th overall, smash Varsity. Women’s Team 5th, Narrowly lose Varsity.   Saturday marked the 2nd of the BUCS Cycling ...
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 03:  The Cambridge crew celebrate victory during the 156th Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race on the River Thames on April 3, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

April 2, 2017 by Leonardo Buizza

Follow us for live coverage of the 2017 boat races!
The Light and Dark Blues will have to adapt their technique to this equally challenging sport!

April 1, 2017 by A. N. On

Breaking news! Boat races cancelled, to be replaced with alternative event!

March 30, 2017 by Jamie Brown

Blue Boat 1. Chris Jones (King’s) 2. Robbie Sewell (Fitzwilliam) 3. Zenas Van Veldhoven (Wolfson) 4. Charlie Cummins (Pembroke) 5. Ben Mackworth (Corpus Christi) 6. Sam Philpott (Girton) Vice-President 7. Jamie ...
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March 28, 2017 by Lucy Morgan

In just five days, Cambridge and O*ford’s women’s crews will row the 4 and a quarter mile course down the Thames. In the all time scoring for the race, the ...
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March 27, 2017 by Lucy Morgan

For the past year the Cambridge university openweight rowers have been training for the 163rd Boat Race. Their intensive regime will be put to the test on the 2nd of ...

March 1, 2017 by Ian Middleton

With just over a month to the Boat Race, CUBC put their line-ups to the test in Nottingham.

February 22, 2017 by Leonardo Buizza

Transferrable skills? A fad, or maybe something a bit more useful?

February 8, 2017 by Charlie Constable

Charlie Constable reports on last Saturday's Newnham Short Course race, with strong victories for Queens’ W1, Clare M1, Caius M3 and Jesus M2, W2 and W3.
Squash 2nds/3rds

February 4, 2017 by Isaac Freckleton

Isaac Freckleton, men’s 2nds/3rds captain, provides an entertaining report of all the action on and off the court. Squash 2nds/3rds Varsity will be held at the Cambridge University Sports Centre ...
The crews pass under Hammersmith Bridge, Cambridge leading by 1/2 a length on the inside of the bend. Photo thanks to Mark Ruscoe.

February 3, 2017 by Ian Middleton & Matthew Holland

The first races of 2017 for men, women, and lightweight women.
Out in the small boats to hone technical improvements to take into the eights

January 21, 2017 by Ian Middleton

71 days to go...
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December 22, 2016 by Oonagh Cousins and Imogen Grant

Oonagh Cousins and Imogen Grant talk rowing and GB trials!
One T rounding the final bend in the lead. Photo: Robin Middleton

December 17, 2016 by Charlie Fisher

Shortly after CURUFCs victory at Twickenham, CUBC took to the river nearby in the next stage of their Varsity campaign.
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December 16, 2016 by Leonardo Buizza

On the 16th day of Christmas we take a quick look back at 2016's sporting highlights!
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December 14, 2016 by Olivia Shears

Day 14 of our Advent Calendar of Sport
The high octane environment of Queens' Ergs is a baptism of fire for any novice coach. 

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November 29, 2016 by Charlie Constable

Charlie Constable discusses the strange feeling of being a novice coach at Cambridge.
Charlotte rowing with Pembroke W1

November 26, 2016 by George Barton

George Barton looks ahead to Fairbairs, and looks back at some fond memories of a cold, wet winter as a Novice...

November 21, 2016 by Leonardo Buizza

Jack Lawrence is back with his thoughts and lessons learnt from training.
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November 20, 2016 by Leonardo Buizza

Another cracking week of sport as we near the end of term...
Winners of the Elite Coxed Four pennant (Henry Meek, Lance Tredell, Pat Eble, Ben Ruble and Ian Middleton). Photo: Mark Ruscoe

November 17, 2016 by Charlie Fisher

The first marker for the club on the road to the 2nd April 2017
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November 16, 2016 by Charlie Constable

Charlie Constable explains why rower Mohamed Sbihi is a champion of growth, diversity and perseverance in the sporting world.
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November 8, 2016 by Lucy Morgan

This evening we will witness one of the most important events of the year (and no, I’m not talking about the American Elections). In Queens’ Fitzpatrick Hall, college novice boats ...

October 31, 2016 by Daphne Martschenko

At the end of Black History Month, Daphne Martschenko looks at some of the issues still prevalent around race and "fitting in" to a sporting culture.

October 29, 2016 by Charles Martland

With the Ely boathouse set to open next month, Charles Martland spoke with Dan Janes, the CULRC head coach, about how the new facilities can push the club to the highest level.
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August 8, 2016 by Ilia Cherezov

Flying the Light Blue flag in Rio With the 2016 Olympics underway, there is plenty of Light Blue representation in Rio. GB rowers George Nash (St Catharine’s) and Tom Ransley ...
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July 8, 2016 by Laura Day

In the sixth instalment of what sport means to us, Laura Day quantifies the real achievements sport has given her during her time at Cambridge thus far

July 8, 2016 by Ian Middleton

The Blue Bird talks to Henry Hoffstot, CUBC President and Hawk of the Year 2016.

June 8, 2016 by Izhan Khan

You know who the best of the best are, but who are the best of the worst?
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June 1, 2016 by Izhan Khan

What are the top 5 Cambridge Sport Instagram accounts? The Blue Bird finds out!
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May 12, 2016 by Richard Ollington

The finalists have been announced, who do you think deserves it?

May 12, 2016 by Richard Ollington

The finalists have been announced, who do you think deserves it?

April 24, 2016 by Ruby Woolfe

They've won Varsity 9 years out of the past 10! Here's this year's Cambridge Varsity marathon runners

March 30, 2016 by The Boat Races

Cambridge and Oxford’s women lined up on the Tideway for only the second time in varsity history this afternoon, as the recently rebranded Cancer Research UK Boat Races took place. Oxford, led by President Maddy Badcott, drew the Surrey station whilst Hannah Robert’s Cambridge lined up on Middlesex.

March 30, 2016 by The Boat Races

The 162nd staging of The Boat Race took place in tempestuous conditions, after a dramatic women’s event.

March 30, 2016 by The Boat Races

Goldie captain and 6 seat Al Taylor called at the toss and won. Goldie selected the Surrey station. There was a strong blustery South-Westerly wind on the day. This resulted in flat water and a tailwind off the start but made for challenging conditions and a strong headwind after the Surrey bend. The water flattened from Barnes Bridge to the finish.

March 30, 2016 by The Boat Races

The Women’s Reserve Race was a hotly contested affair this year, with both Osiris and Blondie fighting hard through some of the worst conditions that the Tideway had to offer.

March 26, 2016 by Richard Ollington

Fed up with the BBC? Want the inside gossip? Follow all the Varsity action here!
The Boat Races course

March 25, 2016 by Erik Sullivan

Erik Sullivan gives a guided tour down the Boat Race course - complete with helpful tips on where to watch from

March 24, 2016 by The Henley Herald

An admirable performance by Cambridge in the various races of the day
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March 24, 2016 by Izhan Khan

The CUBC reserves have announced their team for the Sunday's race; find out who will be racing!

March 23, 2016 by Izhan Khan

Here is the official squad announcement for the 132nd Varsity Match - Find out who will be playing for CUAFC on Sunday!
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March 23, 2016 by Izhan Khan

See who will be rowing for the CUWBC reserves on Sunday. Hint: you may recognise some of them from the Lightweights last week!

March 23, 2016 by Erik Sullivan, Alexandra Wiseman, Izhan Khan and Richard Ollington

With 4 days until the Boat Race, the Blue Bird brings you the second half of its 'official' alphabetised rowing glossary.

March 22, 2016 by Izhan Khan

With only 5 days to go until the Boat Races, the Blue Bird decided to find out more about the men's boat.
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March 21, 2016 by Edmund Gazeley

The Men’s Blues Committee can appear a clandestine organisation but it’s moving with the times

March 21, 2016 by Alexandra Wiseman, Erik Sullivan, Izhan Khan & Richard Ollington

The Blue Bird take you through some of the rowing lingo - just in time for the boat race!
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March 18, 2016 by Izhan Khan

Find out more about tomorrow's Lightweight team!
Hayley competing for GB last year

March 11, 2016 by Leonardo Buizza

"My major focus currently is selection for Rio" - hear what else Hayley Simmonds had to say about her juggling a PhD Thesis write-up and professional cycling!
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March 9, 2016 by Izhan Khan

WATCH - The greatest Varsity Promo Video ever?

March 3, 2016 by Leonardo Buizza

Daphne Martschenko and Alice Middleton, two sportswomen who will be looking to inspire at next week's Sporting Matters discussion, tell us about their experiences of sport and what drives them on.
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March 2, 2016 by CUWBC

Follow Patricia and the rest of the CUWBC squad as they raise awarness for Cancer Research UK and inspire the Cambridge community to #PullTogether

March 1, 2016 by Ian Middleton

T-25 days. It's all so close!
The 2016 CUWBC Crew

March 1, 2016 by Leonardo Buizza

Daphne Martschenko shares her thoughts from today's crew weigh-in in London.
Ox v Cam 2

February 29, 2016 by Richard Ollington

Roundup of the year so far - who is sportiest?

February 12, 2016 by Ilia Cherezov

CURUFC are celebrating International Women's Day by holding a star studded talk followed by an exhibition women’s rugby match.
Lizzie competing in the Peterborough Half-Marathon

February 5, 2016 by Leonardo Buizza

Lizzie Bennett: rider, rower, wheeler and Peterhouse alumna.
The Blue Boat drawing level under Hammersmith Bridge: Image Credit: Tim Koch:

February 2, 2016 by Charlie Fisher and Fiona Macklin

A round-up of the first fixture of the year for both clubs who raced Oxford Brookes over the weekend

January 27, 2016 by Charlotte Chorley

CHARLOTTE CHORLEY explains why sexism in sport is a continuing problem, not just in professional sport but in Cambridge too.
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January 16, 2016 by Richard Ollington

College Bursaries exist for all levels of sports participation, make sure you're not missing out
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December 18, 2015 by Richard Ollington

Day 18 and we take a look at the history of the Cambridge Varsity Match

December 15, 2015 by Ian Middleton

CUBC takes to the Tideway again for their annual Trial Eights race, Fuerte vs Listo.
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December 15, 2015 by Richard Ollington

Day 15 and we take a look back at the Cambridge athletes that competed in the 2012 Olympics
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December 14, 2015 by Richard Ollington

It's Day 14 of December and in light of the recent Trial Eights races we take a look at CUBC and CUWBC's winning tallies

December 9, 2015 by Ruari Crichard

Last year's Varsity Match commentator looks into the rights and wrongs of eligibility in Oxbridge sport.
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December 6, 2015 by Richard Ollington

Day 6 is here, and today we bring you facts about one of Cambridge's highest achieving cyclists ever

November 25, 2015 by Alice Durrans

7 reasons why those sporty hubbies have got to go.
Caroline Reid shared the Osprey of the Year award for 2015 with Sophie Morrill, who we also interviewed last week

November 22, 2015 by Leonardo Buizza

This week we talk to Caroline Reid, ex-president of CUWBC, Osprey of the Year 2015 and now a member of the women's rugby squad.

November 13, 2015 by Daphne Martschenko

Daphne Martschenko talks travelling and toughening up with lightweight rower Samantha Cook.
Goldie BC I - Image Credit: Chris Down, Light Blue Images

November 12, 2015 by Charlie Fisher

The marker in the 2016 Boat Race campaign
The Eton Fives court

November 7, 2015 by Oliver Garner

The stats are back! This week: The Sportiest Subjects, the Brainiest Sports and How Hard it is for a Fresher to get a Blue?
The Ely Boathouse: Image - Jerry Bailey Architects

November 2, 2015 by Mike Sweeney, Roger Stephens and Ewan Pearson

Breaking news from the Ely Boathouse

October 26, 2015 by Zara Goozee

Starting rowing while at Cambridge Zara Goozee steadily improved until she made the Blues boat. She writes about her rise and her recent race at the British Rowing Championships
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October 24, 2015 by Mark Nelson

In his first column Mark answers the questions that plague every American Freshers mind
We made it to Paris (so did Hal)

October 16, 2015 by Ian Middleton

On the road from Cambridge to Paris - via few other places - to watch the Tour de France
An early start to head out for training at Ely, home for CUBCs water sessions.

October 11, 2015 by Alister Taylor

New to Cambridge University and the Boat Club, Alister Taylor talks about his expectations of and reasons for trialing as well as the start of this years Boat Race campaign.
The crews come together as Waikto tuck in out of the stream. Photo: Rowing Celebration.

September 18, 2015 by Ian Middleton

CUBC head to New Zealand for their first race of the year on the testing Waikato river.

August 19, 2015 by Charlie Fisher

A CUBC coxed four raced at Henley and broke the Prince Albert record while also narrowly loosing to Edinburgh University
Ox v Cam Oxford Cambridge who won the most varsities so far

July 29, 2015 by The Blue Bird

Roundup of the year - who was sportiest?

June 29, 2015 by Abbie Lawrence

A team of four Cambridge sportsmen and women will be taking on an epic challenge this July raising money for Help for Heroes and Jimmy’s Cambridge. The group known as ...

April 10, 2015 by Richard Ollington

In the run up to Boat Race, CUWBC give us a light-hearted look at their team this year
The 2015 Crew Announcement and Weigh-In

March 20, 2015 by Ian Middleton

22 days to go...

March 10, 2015 by Sam Sharma

In his final column, Sam Sharma makes the case for less-glamorous sports.

February 27, 2015 by Izhan Khan

The Blue Bird can reveal who will be representing the light blues in the Women's Rugby Varsity Match next weekend.
Beautiful? Yes. Cold? You have no idea [Photo credit Chris Down]

February 10, 2015 by Caroline Reid and Rosemary Ostfeld

President Caroline Reid and cox Rosemary Ostfeld talk about a typical week's training with CUWBC

February 9, 2015 by Ian Middleton

Sun, drone footage and Above and Beyond...what more do you need?
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February 5, 2015 by Tom Bennett

Last term the Cambridge sporting community found itself in a battle, a battle over the controversial Cambridge Sport Review. This finally passed on the 17th of December. The Blue Bird spent the morning with the driving force behind this review, getting to know her, and gain a better understanding of her Review and what it means for us as students now that its recommendations have passed.

January 22, 2015 by Frank Sanders

The award offers an opportunity to claim back some of the costs associated with representing the University in sport.
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January 16, 2015 by Ian Middleton

With less than 100 days to go to the Boat Races the rowers took to Spain for their winter training camp
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January 14, 2015 by Rebecca Moore

After the government pledges to distribute £450 million to schools by the end of 2016, Rebecca Moore discusses what kind of an impact this initiative will have.

December 16, 2014 by Ian Middleton

CUBC and CUWBC take to the Tideway.

December 5, 2014 by Ian Middleton

The end of term may signal the end of work until mid-January but for many University sports teams the workload and fixtures continue.

November 26, 2014 by Hattie Wilson

Hattie ponders embarrassing sporting incidents and what happens next.

November 26, 2014 by Luke Juckett

Luke Juckett studied as an undergraduate student-athlete in the US before coming to Cambridge. He has experienced two very different sporting cultures and in a very interesting article suggests how the passing of the sports review might develop Cambridge sport.

November 20, 2014 by Bridey Addison-Child

Bridey Addison-Child delves in to the issue of gender inequality.
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November 10, 2014 by Chesca Hirst

CHESCA HIRST meets Kate Grose to talk about starting rowing from scratch, her Olympic experiences and why she found bumps more nerve racking than the Olympics

November 8, 2014 by Ian Middleton and Esther Momcilovic

With the official challenges delivered and the squads announced, the Men's and Women's Boat Clubs took to the Tideway on 1st November to race at the Fours Head.

November 3, 2014 by Chesca Hirst

CHESCA HIRST sits down with Tom James at the Trinity Hall ergothon to discuss the Cambridge experience, his quick ascendance to Olympic status, CUBC and the more general development of Cambridge Sport.

October 28, 2014 by Ian Middleton and Esther Momcilovic

CUBC, CUWBC and CULRC boats have all competed recently. Here's how they did.

October 23, 2014 by Matt Walton

Matt Walton laments the level to which real sporting heroes are ignored in favour of celebrities.

October 22, 2014 by THBC

Trinity Hall are looking to raise money for their boathouse. The plan involves two Olympians, a 24 hour erg, and a big donation to charity.

October 9, 2014 by Ian Middleton

September and the Boat Club gets training for the 2015 BNY Mellon Boat Race underway.
George Nash (right) and Will Satch celebrate their London 2012 bronze medal in the Men's Pair

October 8, 2014 by Esther Momcilovic

"I couldn’t sleep for a day and a half beforehand, I couldn’t feel any pain when I was racing. It was complete madness, I’d never felt anything like it"